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malpolud
Time for a hint then.


02 Jun 2012, 14:46 

malpolud
Another try was 0 is 1.


02 Jun 2012, 17:51 

revolution
sleepsleep: Thing X can be anything. If your solution only works for a single thing then it is not the answer.


02 Jun 2012, 22:12 

malpolud
Is the thief someone like Robin Hood? You are rich, he steels from you, you become poor and he gives you the goods back and compensates?


03 Jun 2012, 08:39 

revolution
malpolud wrote: Is the thief someone like Robin Hood? 

03 Jun 2012, 08:45 

malpolud
Well I read a book with some MENSAlike puzzles. Solutions there were very odd but rarely analytical if you know what I mean.


03 Jun 2012, 08:56 

malpolud
What about my second try: you had 0 and now you have 1?


03 Jun 2012, 08:59 

revolution
malpolud wrote: What about my second try: you had 0 and now you have 1? 

03 Jun 2012, 09:02 

malpolud
I don't know According to my intuition it's the only possible solution.
Oh, and here is another one, does it concern things like antimatter? 

03 Jun 2012, 10:22 

malpolud
One more. X  amount of thing X. t  time. Z  amount stolen by the thief.
X = Y(t) X is a certain function of time t1  moment when thief came, t2  moment when we measure the amount of thing X. Y(t2) = Y(t1)  Z Y(t2) > Y(t1) Are these equation true? 

03 Jun 2012, 10:40 

revolution
malpolud wrote: I don't know According to my intuition it's the only possible solution. malpolud wrote: Oh, and here is another one, does it concern things like antimatter? malpolud wrote: One more. X  amount of thing X. t  time. Z  amount stolen by the thief. Things happen in the order as given in the original post. 

03 Jun 2012, 10:45 

malpolud
I made a little mess. Corrected:
X  amount of thing X. t  time. Z  amount stolen by the thief. X = Y(t) X is a certain function of time t1  before theft, t2  after theft. t2 > t1, therefore y(t2)>y(t1) (because of definition of the ascending function). We assume that the thief stole Z parts of the whole sum which also meets: Z < Y(t2)  Y(t1), other words: Y(t2)  Z > Y(t1) The reason why I was thinking about this kind of solution was a suspicion we could assume that the quantity we have is increasing alike a (for example) Heaviside step function does. In that case the puzzle could be at least partially solved 

03 Jun 2012, 13:01 

revolution
malpolud: Would you equations still work ix X was, say, a chair? I've never seen the number of chairs follow the function num(x) = y(t). I've always found that the number of chairs tends to stay constant as time passes (until someone comes along and deliberately changes something).


03 Jun 2012, 13:44 

malpolud
revolution are you going to reveal the solution?


28 Jun 2012, 23:38 

revolution
Not yet. I think that it might be interesting to let people think about this some more.


29 Jun 2012, 04:59 

Madis731
Rubik's cube is made out of little cubes. The you go and steal one tiny cube, then you are left with 25 cubes. Before that you had 1 beautiful cube, now you have a mess
Another try. You have a rectangular cake (___). The thief is an a$$ and steals the middle part from you (_ _). You had 1 cake, now you have 2. Maybe its got something to do with match puzzle's. Remove x matches to form y squares or move z matches to match the equation etc. 

29 Jun 2012, 08:20 

malpolud
revolution could you PM me the solution? Promise I won't tell anybody.
Madis731 if it works only for particular things, it does not work 

29 Jun 2012, 08:30 

Madis731
malpolud wrote:
What can't you saw the chair in three parts and take away one? I guess I have to ponder more. 

29 Jun 2012, 08:51 

malpolud
You do, but it does not work for example for water. When you have 3 liters of water and pour it into three one liter packages you still have three liters of water. Taking away one liter leaves you two liters.
I hope I understand the rules of this puzzle the right way. 

29 Jun 2012, 09:00 

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